Shalini Nair


Amended maternity law goes a long way, but has a long way to go still
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The new law allows maternity leave up to 12 weeks for women who adopt a child below the age of 3 months, and for commissioning mothers (in cases of surrogacy)

Battles Lost and Won
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

In post-Taliban Kabul, a new generation of educated women is making itself heard

Alternative Route: Non-motorised transport, BRTS in the scheme of green mobility
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The scheme marks a conscious policy shift away from allowing proliferation of private cars to promoting use of greener modes of public transport.

Budget Session 2017: Lok Sabha passes Maternity Bill
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Women in organised sector allowed 26-week maternity leave for two kids.

Next, Aadhaar for kids in orphanages
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Process of enlisting 1 lakh children in orphanages begins.

Shelter for Homeless: Just a handful under the roof
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

According to 2011 Census, the number of total urban homeless population stands at 9.38 lakh. However, India has a meagre 658 shelters to accommodate them

Social welfare of migrant workforce: Adding portability to benefits
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

A government-appointed panel has said that a large section of urban workers lose access to social benefits due to intra-state and inter-state migration.

Gender Budget: Maternity scheme cut brings low allocation in focus
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The last time women were provided a relatively higher basic exemption limit was way back in the 2011-12 Budget.

Not enough funds, Govt to limit maternity benefit to first child only
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Sources said the details are being reworked as the Budget provision is way below the funds required for implementation of the scheme in 2017-18

Social welfare of migrant workforce: Adding portability to benefits
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

A government-appointed panel has said that a large section of urban workers lose access to social benefits due to intra-state and inter-state migration. It suggested that domicile-related restrictions be removed for the welfare of urban migrants

Muslim organisations too oppose triple talaq as is practised now: Law panel
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The commission is currently examining the more than 40,000 responses it has received to the questionnaire issued in October 2016.

Rural job generation: Rs 48,000 crore for MNREGA
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Existing fund crunch seems to be hitting work generation hard as the data for January shows a steep decline as compared to December.

Affordable housing: Low-cost housing to benefit from infra tag
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Tag means real-estate builders can now take loans from market at lower rate, bringing down the overall cost of construction.

Pregnant Women Entitled to Rs 6,000: Maternity scheme gets Rs 2,700 crore, experts say not enough
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The scheme grants Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating women who go for institutional delivery and vaccinate their children.

Coming soon: First-of-its-kind Indian sign language dictionary
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Over 6,000 words have been compiled in languages specific to Indian context.

Real Estate Act: Venkaiah Naidu warns against dilution at state-level
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016 came into force in May last year and since October, states began the process of issuing their version of the rules under the central Act.

Tap Census deprivation data to revise, expand BPL: Panel to Govt
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The greatest impact would be on National Social Assistance Programmes for the elderly, widows and disabled persons as the adoption of the panel’s recommendations, would significantly expand the beneficiaries, requiring an additional expenditure of Rs 6,700 crore annually.

Tap Census deprivation data to revise, expand BPL: Panel to Govt
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

In all these programmes as well as in rural housing and livelihood schemes, the use of SECC as the criteria would also translate into a significant reallocation of Central funds disbursed to the states.

Poll-bound UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab see NREGA work rise
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Of all the states, Punjab recorded the highest increase over the projected work for the current fiscal until December this year.

As rural hands return, NREGA demand spikes over 60 per cent
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

Records from the Ministry of Rural Development, accessed by The Indian Express, show that between July and November 2016, the average labourer turnout per day under MGNREGA was 30 lakh.

Maternity benefit scheme: What PM Modi said, where things stand now
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

In his New Year’s Eve address, Narendra Modi said pregnant women across India would get Rs 6,000 each for hospital stay, vaccination and nutrition.

Add state board course to religious discourse: NCPCR
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

The recommendation is part of the report submitted by NCPCR to the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) sub-committee of the HRD Ministry.

Centre makes rules for realty, even NDA-ruled states bend them
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Maharashtra, MP exempt builders from disclosing changes, Gujarat keeps pre-November projects out.

Ministry plans cell to check online child pornography
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Officials said the national alliance would comprise civil society members who work in the area as well as officials from the WCD Ministry and NCPCR.

Will take up issue of job quota in private sector, says Ramdas Athawale
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Presently approximately 49.9 per cent of the government jobs are reserved for those from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes.

Disabilities Bill passed: New conditions, revised quota and a few concerns
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

The number of disabilities listed rises from seven in the 1995 Act through 19 in the 2014 bill to 21 after the amendments, including acid attack and Parkinson’s disease.

Centre yet to pick heads for SC, ST, OBC commissions
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

The heads of these commissions are political appointees. Until now, the serving chairpersons have been appointed by the UPA government.

The amendments to Disability Bill: what they are, what they will do
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

A washed-out Parliament session may see one significant bit of business in its last working week.

In Lok Sabha, Arun Jaitley asks Congress what it did against black money
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Jaitley said RBI has been putting more currency into the market and government making efforts to make transactions less-cash.

Amendment seeks to limit disability quota hike
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Job quota down from 5% in original proposal to 4%; acid attack, Parkinson’s cases added to disability list.

Demonetisation: How MPs are facing the cash crunch
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

“There is a cash crunch. But because of a certain degree of credibility, people are giving us things on credit," said Sitaram Yechury.

MGNREGA spending high, call for Rs 10,000 crore extra
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

As part of the first supplementary grant of demands, the ministry had released an additional Rs 5,000 crore — a third of the Rs 15,000 crore the MoRD had demanded to meet increased expenditure in drought-affected states.

Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016: State-level dilution may give leeway to realtors
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

Almost all states have tweaked the regulations of RERA in the interest of real estate developers mainly by excluding ongoing projects.

Panel on land bill irrelevant, we won’t join meets: Congress
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Public Accounts Committee chairperson K V Thomas made the submission on behalf of Congress members including Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh, P L Punia and Rajeev Satav.

India will not ink Hague treaty on civil aspects of child abduction
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

The government’s view is contrary to the recommendations given by the Law Commission, which endorsed acceding to the Hague convention.

Proposed Metro Rail Bill, 2016: Centre lays track for pvt role in Metro projects
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

The proposed Bill will insert an enabling provision for private initiatives in Metro Rail.